The following post originally appeared on Professor Park’s Blog. When I first read about the shooting incident on UCLA’s campus this morning I immediately feared that it was over a grade dispute. Especially at this time of the year, when final grades are being doled out, many professors live in fear of students literally fighting back over anything short of the perfect grade. This anxiety is heightened as we become more aware of the brutality common in our news. The violence… Read more

Blogging pioneer Andrew Sullivan formally retired from the daily content grind last year when he announced the closure of his subscription-based blog, The Dish. Apparently he’s spent the last 12 or so months seeking greater spiritual peace and working on a book about modern Christianity. But as he told Ezra Klein in an interview released Tuesday, the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump has pulled him grudgingly back into the world of political commentary. Sullivan discussed this and a whole bunch more… Read more

A few days ago, after carful deliberation, my wife and I chose to watch Don Bluth’s animated masterpiece, The Land Before Time. It is currently streaming on Netflix and we both wanted to relax and unwind a little before the start of another hectic week. I’m glad we did. The Land Before Time is a delicate fable of survival — exactly the kind of story I was in need of when we watched it. It has beautifully simple things to say about… Read more

Prior to the March 22nd Utah caucuses, LDS Church members may have been surprised to discover that Elder Robert Oaks, a former member of the Presidency of the Seventy (one of the Church’s chief governing bodies) and retired 4-star general, was serving on Donald Trump’s Utah campaign committee. While Mormons typically trend Republican, they have largely given the orange-faced demagogue the cold shoulder, especially in light of LDS icon Mitt Romney’s denunciation of “He-Who-Must-Comb-Over” and the Church’s condemnation of his… Read more

Editor’s Note: This review comes to us from guest contributor Brandon Habermeyer. You can read more of his reviews and commentary at his blog, DonaMajicShow and follow him on Twitter @DonaMajicShow.   Radiohead’s latest album, A Moon Shaped Pool, has been out for a week now and continues to unsettle, dismantle and weirdly uplift me. It plays on auto-loop wherever I go, quietly getting under my skin and dissolving my expectations. This seems to be the standard the band has set since Kid A, always 15 steps… Read more

The Department of Justice recently announced it will be suing North Carolina for House Bill 2–an anti-trans law that requires individuals to use the bathroom of their assigned gender at birth. This is in addition to the other ways that HB 2 hurts the LGBTQ community, such as invalidating several LGBTQ anti-discrimination measures that local North Carolina governments enacted. Loretta Lynch, who was sworn in as US Attorney General just over a year ago, held a press conference this past… Read more

I’m normally a fan of Peggy Fletcher Stack’s articles at the Salt Lake Tribune, but her recent article, “How outdated Mormon teachings may be aiding and abetting ‘rape culture’ ” strikes me as irresponsible. In the article, Peggy Fletcher Stack and co-author Erin Alberty recount anecdotal evidence that Mormon culture and teachings support rape culture, such as a bishop who, upon learning a woman had been raped, responded “let’s begin the repentance process,” or outdated 19th-century language in the Book of… Read more

By now, I’m guessing you’ve heard about BYU’s track record of using Title IX investigations about alleged instances of sexual assault as an opportunity to investigate the alleged victim for any potential honor code violation, a track record that may not only discourage victims from coming forward but may even, in one extreme case, interfere with a criminal case. For their part, BYU and the Honor Code Office are firmly denying that they would ever punish someone for being assaulted. the… Read more

If you haven’t seen Zootopia, go. Despite the fact that it is a Disney animated feature, it deals with some pertinent and broadly applicable social issues with nearly unmatched thoughtfulness. And the thoughtfulness isn’t accidental–the team that made the movie put a lot of effort into crafting it. It’s well worth your time and, as the post below is mostly about the ending of the film, I don’t want to spoil it for you. Furthermore, the use of animals here… Read more

This week I went to an anti-racism rally here in Lexington, Virginia in response to Ku Klux Klan fliers being dropped around town. It was such a remarkable experience. It was uplifting and awesome for a multitude of reasons. I got to hear people stand and repudiate the KKK. A black Washington and Lee professor stood up and called on us to examine more than just the clearly racist actions of a few; to be introspective in how we are… Read more

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